Almost in all areas of activity the influence of innovative technologies is traced. Today, it is rare in what apartment or on an industrial site you can find an interior, in the design of which no tiles would be used. The popularity of this finishing material is explained by the fact that it is environmentally safe, perfectly tolerates the effects of direct sunlight, is resistant to moisture and easy to care.
Why is grouting needed?
In the process of repair, ceramic tiles allow creating perfectly flat surfaces that serve for decades. But if you can flawlessly lay out the tile, you can understand that it is not ideal if its installation is not completed by applying grout to the seams. Used for this purpose are special compounds, the correct selection of which provides for the elimination of defects and irregularities that have arisen during laying.
Reviews about the characteristics of epoxy grout
Grout for epoxy tiles, according to customers, is a mixture that is highly technological and is made on the basis of epoxy resin. The use of this compound is actual if the premises are in a state of constant exposure to moisture, harmful factors and household chemicals. If in this case cement grouting was used, then, according to users, it would quickly lose its performance characteristics.
In addition to the resin, an organic catalyst is added to the ingredients, which acts as a hardener. If we compare this grout with one-component compounds, then it can be noted that with the above-mentioned ingredients, it is possible to achieve high strength joints that have a fairly long service life.
Epoxy trowel for tiles, according to consumers, has many secondary fillers, which are designed to enhance the external appeal of the composition, giving the effect of nacre and gold. It is important to remember that such a grout is highly resistant to moisture. If the liquid hits the surface, it will not absorb or roll, which increases the service life of the mixture and distinguishes it from traditional compounds. The area of use of the material expands, because it is resistant to chemical agents, which could serve as a damaging factor.
Feedback on the field of application
The grout for epoxy tiles can be used for interior and exterior work. The application of the composition can be carried out, as the buyers claim, on the seams between natural stone and glass tiles. The scope of use is wide enough, the grout can be used:
- when facing walls and floors in bathrooms, kitchens and corridors;
- when grouting joints after lining shower cabins, swimming pools and saunas;
- after facing floors and walls in the street;
- when installing the system "warm floor";
- when grouting seams, the width of which varies from 1 to 15 mm.
In the latter case, it is an alternative to the usual trowelling mixes.
Feedback on benefits
Grout for epoxy tiles, according to buyers, has a long enough life, which is explained by the peculiarities of the mixture. The material is characterized by high strength characteristics, it is characterized by color stability, even if the sun's rays are constantly exposed to the surface.
Consumers emphasize that the grout for epoxy tiles does not show sensitivity to temperature changes. Its performance characteristics, it is able to maintain a wide temperature range, which varies from -20 to +100 ° C. The material does not show a tendency to shrinkage and the appearance of cracks after drying. Buyers like that the composition is resistant to acids and alkalis, as well as some other chemicals. It is hypoallergenic, which expands the area of its use.
Feedback on shortcomings
Epoxy grout for tiles, according to customers, has some drawbacks, which are expressed in high prices, as well as features of use and dismantling activities. For the application of grout should have special skills, only then you can expect that it will be possible to achieve a qualitative result.
Consumers consider the lack of sufficient speed of solidification to be a disadvantage, which is not always convenient for mounting works, this quality is due to the presence of resins in the composition. You will have to spend extra money, because grouting is quite expensive, this applies to consumables. According to the users, it will be possible to replace the mixture only with tiles or using a special chemical compound.
Credits about the mortar "Litokol"
Epoxy grout for tile Litokol is today a fairly common material used in filling the seams. This composition is an active two-component mixture that is resistant to alkalis and acids, and also has the ability not to tile the tile. The first component consists of:
- silicon filler;
- epoxy resin;
As for the second ingredient, it involves the use of catalysts. This material, according to users, can be used for internal and external works, it successfully combines with:
- with ceramic granite;
- mosaic tiles;
- natural stone.
This epoxy grout for tiles, reviews about which are the most positive, are offered for sale in a wide range of colors. Users like that the catalog can find 94 shades, some of which have the effect of gold, silver and metallic. The manufacturer offers even luminescent grout. When consumers try to find a mixture that will be in contact with chemical media, they quite often prefer the described composition, since they are not afraid of aggressive operating conditions.
This grout for epoxy tiles has one distinctive feature, which is expressed in absolute water resistance, mechanical strength, high elasticity and resistance to scratches and cracks. The mixture, according to consumers, is also good because it has an antifungal effect. It is able to undergo sharp temperature fluctuations, and the performance characteristics do not change. Use this grout can be at a temperature range ranging from -20 to +100 ° C, while the surface of the material does not dim, and also does not lose its original appearance.
Instructions for the use of epoxy grout
In order to work with the trowel was more comfortable, professionals recommend buying some tools, among them:
- electric drill;
- rubber spatula;
- combined cellulose sponge;
- latex gloves.
The electric drill should be equipped with a mixer, which will be needed for the preparation of the trowelling mixture. To apply the grout, use a rubber spatula with a handle. The cellulose sponge can easily be replaced with ordinary foam, but it will quickly fail. The sponge promotes quick and convenient formation of joints, while maintaining the performance keeps performance. With it, you can process up to 30 m 2 of tile.
If you use epoxy tile for tiles, it's easier to do everything when there is a skipper available. It is a bucket with rollers for spinning. You should also take care of the presence of a grater, which must have cellulose nozzles. This device is used to remove remnants of the mixture.
Seam formation instruction
Filling of the joints is done in a small area. Another wet grout should be sanded. The next step is to take clean water and a sponge. Grout the seams of the tile with an epoxy grout carried out on a dry surface.
Once the seams are practically ready, you should replace the water and sponge to continue working on the next section and so, part by piece, to bring it to the end. Grout for a long time retains a liquid state. Nevertheless, it is better to prepare a new portion for each site. Once the material is in the seams, the surface should be discarded, this applies to the floor covering. Begin walking on the floor is recommended only after 5 days.
Epoxy grout for tiles, instructions for using which help you avoid mistakes, should be soaked from the spray gun 60 minutes after the formation of the seam. Then the surface is smoothed with a finger.
The next day, you can remove the epoxy coating with a concentrated mixture. To do this, the surface of the tile is sprayed with concentrate, wait for the time specified in the instructions, and afterwards the surface is cleaned. To do this, use a washing vacuum cleaner or a self-cleaning squeegee.